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Editor's Desk
The view from Mayflower Hill is expanding as changes at the College emphasize an international perspective. And that is just what the future demands.
 

Gerry Boyle

From the Editor's Desk

It wasn't planned, and perhaps that makes the convergence of stories in this issue of Colby even more significant.

In these pages you'll find a feature article on philanthropist Shelby Davis and his commitment to bring deserving students from around the world to Colby. In its first three years that program has significantly changed the makeup of the student body here and has enhanced the education the College provides both American and international students.

Another feature article was written by Brian MacQuarrie '74, a reporter for the Boston Globe who, in the wake of September 11, was dispatched to Pakistan and Afghanistan. His assignment: to help us better understand the forces that shaped those countries and had such horrific implications for the United States as well as for Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The third piece is the announcement that the late Daniel Pearl will be the posthumous recipient of the Lovejoy Award. Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter, will be recognized for a career spent defending the freedom of the press by consistently engaging in the pursuit of what is true. It is a tragic irony that Pearl died at the hands of Muslim extremists as he tried to wrest his readers from the simplistic view that all Muslims as terrorists.

What we're offering here, serendipitously, are three stories about ways people work to shake us from our preconceived notions of the world, of other cultures, of the forces that shape global events.

We've been doing a lot of that in this country of late. September 11 and the looming war with Iraq have forced us to revise, yet again, the "new world order." Our beliefs about our place in the world have been rearranged as we try to understand and respond to the shifting political and cultural landscape.

It's a discomfiting process. But education--whether it be the kind that results from reading the reports of Daniel Pearl or Brian MacQuarrie (who both hired the same Pakistani driver) or from having your beliefs challenged by someone from another part of the world who sits in the same classroom, eats at the same dining-hall table or sleeps in the same dormitory room--isn't always easy.

Journalists have brought the world--including disturbing developments in dangerous places--closer to their readers. Programs like Davis's and the United World College's alliance with Colby bring students from around the world to Mayflower Hill and that can be heartening, inspiring and even unsettling to all concerned.

But that sometimes-bumpy road leads to new insights and leaves all of us better equipped to consider, appreciate and understand the myriad cultures that make up the increasingly global society in which we live. Despite the tragedy and conflict that seem to be permanent fixtures in our world, these efforts are reason to be encouraged.

Gerry Boyle
Gerry Boyle '78
Managing Editor

 


FEATURES:
A Global Forum
An alliance with the United World College is giving Colby an international flavor and perspective.

On Terror's Trail
Brian MacQuarrie '74 looks for the sources of hatred that spawn violence and finds more.

All Business
Ted Snyder '75 runs a business school and tells us about it.

School Across the Bay
Kristine Davidson Young '87 and Barney Hallowell '64 dedicate themselves to their students on North Haven Island.

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